England’s World Cup semi-final defeat watched by largest TV audience of 2019

England’s heartbreaking defeat in the Women’s World Cup semi-finals on Tuesday was watched by the biggest TV viewing audience of the year so far.

A peak audience of 11.7million tuned in to watch the match, which was screened live on BBC One, according to figures released by the corporation.

England captain Steph Houghton had a penalty saved
England captain Steph Houghton had a penalty saved in the 84th minute (John Walton/PA)

England lost 2-1 to the United States in Lyon after a tense second half in which they missed a penalty and had a goal disallowed in a marginal VAR offside decision.

The figures also revealed that the peak share of the TV audience during the match was 50.8 per cent.

Football Paradise Staff Reporter

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